Bellman Espresso maker and steamer – Starter Guide
IF you are a regular user of Moka pots or similar coffee brewing equipment and want to take your coffee to the next level, the Bellman is great choice. With the pressure gauge and large capacity, you can really dial in you espresso/milk skills to produce excellent quality coffee.
Unlike the moka pot, which I would consider a very easy forgiving method for brewing coffee, the bellman takes more care and attention but this care and attention results in better coffee.
It will probably take a month or two to really get a feel for how to use it, find a process that suits your coffee style. If buying a Bellman I would recommend investing is a decent grinder (hand grinder is perfect) as grind quality has a big influence on the results. Ideally you need a grinder that will do a good espresso grind,
1Zpresso JX-Pro Hand Coffee Grinder WILFA Coffee Grinder Hario Skerton PRO Ceramic Coffee Grinder
If you find that you can not grind fine enough you can brew at a slightly lower pressure to slow the flow of water through the coffee.
You can make two kinds of coffee with the Bellman, a straight up espresso or a Moka style coffee, depending on what you like.
For an Espresso strength coffee, we recommend the following process
Fill up with water to your desired level.
Add coffee, a measuring scoop is supplied.
Place on a medium heat, as it heats purge of any trapped air through the steam wand (a quick blast will do this)
As the gauge is about to read green start to pour your espresso, keep the pressure at the start of green until you have finished pouring your espresso. You may need to remove from the heat during the process to maintain the level
Once done put the Bellman back onto your heat source until the gauge is at the top of the green zone, at this point you are ready to froth your milk. Use the stream wand to froth your milk, best to use a proper jug.
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